The bill, passed by GOP legislators, will reduce the city's minimum wage from $10 per hour to the statewide hourly rate of $7.70.
Roughly 1 out of 5 workers in St. Louis got a raise on May 5 - and on August 28, many of them may have it taken away, thanks to a new state law preempting local minimum wages. "Our state needs more private sector paychecks and bigger private sector paychecks". The Missouri Constitution essentially allows a bill passed by state lawmakers to automatically go into effect so long as the governor doesn't veto it.
Legislation establishing a "Blue Alert System" was signed into law Thursday by Missouri Governor Eric Greitens (R) in St. Louis. The original ordinance had been struck down by St. Louis Circuit Judge Steven Ohmer, who had deemed the ordinance unconstitutional by a 1998 law.
Missouri House representatives had tried to fast-track a bill blocking the St. Louis minimum wage in March, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.
The governor signed the bill at the St. Louis County and Municipal Police Academy. That's why they are different in some cities, even within the same state.
"I will work with others to get an increase in the minimum wage on the ballot since our state legislature won't address it", said the mayor of St. Louis, which has about 317,000 residents.
The nationwide minimum wage debate has raged for years, and one group is pushing for a national standard of $15 per hour.
The $10 hourly wage was slated to increase to $11 an hour in January 2018, but Greitens cited economic consequences if he didn't stop the ordinance from going through. However, researchers at the University of Washington in Seattle in a separate study found employees worked fewer hours, which fundamentally reduced their pay.
Greitens, who has clashed with senators numerous times since assuming office, said the uncertainty for businesses could have been avoided if they had "done their job on time". "Instead, they dragged their feet for months", Greitens said in a statement.